“We know that vaccines can save lives,” says McMaster, whose SC reaches 50% COVID vaccination.


Governor Henry McMaster said vaccination with COVID-19 was a personal decision, but he believes his family’s choice to be vaccinated was the right decision.

McMaster commented Thursday as the Department of Health and Environmental Management announced that 50% of eligible South Carolinas had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

South Carolina is ranked 41st in the United States. Vaccination rateAccording to an analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McMaster and his wife, Peggy, were vaccinated in the spring.. Their children are also vaccinated.

But vaccination is a personal decision, he said.

“We made our decision,” said the Republican Governor. “I think it was the right decision, but people need to get answers if they have questions and talk to people they can trust. Whether it’s a preacher, a doctor, a neighbor, or a friend, and Make a decision. We did what we thought was the right decision. “

The state reached a 50% milestone in one day DHEC reported 10.8% of tests It returned to positive and the number of daily cases increased.

“We know that vaccines can save lives. We’ve seen it. We see it in the number of people who go to the hospital. Nearly 99% haven’t been vaccinated. I think, “said McMaster. “In other words, the vaccine is working.”

DHEC said in a news release that people 20-24 and 12-19 were vaccinated the least, with increased cases and hospitalizations among younger people. Authorities added that the increase in cases was among people who were almost completely unvaccinated.

According to DHEC, at least 150 cases of COVID-19 were reported among South Carolina residents who attended or worked in summer camps between June 1st and July 15th.

“These numbers are snapshots of what could happen at this year’s school if parents, students, teachers and other school officials weren’t vaccinated,” said Dr. Edward Shimmer, director of DHEC. Says. “At this point last year, there was no solution to beat COVID-19. Now we do. We don’t want this deadly virus to spread to our schools and communities.”

Reporter Zak Koeske contributed to this article.